Addison Rose Vincent – Accessibility/Housing - LA (they)
Addison Rose Vincent (they/them) is a 25-year-old non-binary transfeminine genderqueer advocate living in Los Angeles. Born in Canada and raised in Michigan, Addison left home at 17 to come out and pursue an unapologetic life in California. They currently serve as the manager of programs for TransLatin@ Coalition, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering transgender people, especially trans women and non-binary people of color, throughout Los Angeles County and across the nation. In addition, Addison serves on the advisory committee for the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project, MX Pride LA 2017, as a #StatusIsSexy HIV Awareness Brand Ambassador for APAIT, and as the co-founder of Queer & Trans Youth Holiday Giving.
Aidan Key – Founder and Executive Director (he)
Aidan is thrilled to celebrate 16 years since organizing his first Gender Odyssey conference. Aidan leads the largest network of support groups in the nation for families raising transgender and gender-nonconforming children at Seattle Children's Hospital. When the conference is not demanding his attention, Aidan offers trainings for schools, organizations, health providers, and social service agencies through Gender Diversity Education and Support Services. Aidan's work has led to numerous speaking engagements, as well as TV, radio, and other media appearances. He is the author of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Child Chapter (Oxford University Press 2014) as well as a coauthor of "Gender Cognition in Children" (Psychological Science 2015).
Alanna Woods - AID Desk Assistant, Seattle (she/they)
Alanna is interested in putting smiles on people's faces. This makes them a good fit for the AID desk. If you have a question, hopefully they have an answer. Alanna is also the board secretary for POCAAN and a member of Out In Front's Alumni/Engagement Committee.
Angela Hernandez - Community Housing (she)
Aubrey Sassoon - Kids Camp Director (she/her)
Aubrey is a Los Angeles-based advocate for LGBTQ students and youth. She works to facilitate spaces that empower trans and gender-expansive youth in K-12 and higher education, focusing on exploring their personal experiences while having fun and socializing with peers.
C. Michael Woodward, MPH – Conference Director (he)
Michael is a writer, rock star, inclusion consultant, and aging queer trans guy. He has published myriad books, articles, and blogs, including the essay “Manning Up” in the anthology of the same name (Transgress Press, 2014). You might also catch him as one of the competitors in the 2018 trans bodybuilding documentary Man Made, directed by T Cooper. A recovering Hoosier, Michael lived many years in Tucson, Arizona, where he was the lead singer in two rock bands and worked as a change agent, rabble rouser, and early leader in the gender justice movement. He now lives a disturbingly quiet life in West Seattle with his partner Carolyn, and their cats, Simon & Schuster.
Carolyn Langford Hussein Fort – Subsidies & Discounts (they)
Carolyn is a recent transplant to Seattle from Tucson, Arizona. They honestly, if not proudly, claim these titles as well: semi-Luddite, white Southerner, uncomfortable daughter, lover of most creatures great and small, occasionally somewhat adequate friend, descendant of a short line of intellectual snobs, introverted exhibitionist, and lover of stories. Few things on earth bring them as much joy as their love's belly.
Carolyn MacGregor – Conference Associate Director/Program Book Editor (she)
Carolyn has been with Gender Diversity for about six years, starting as a volunteer but soon after fully immersed in conference programming and planning. An editor, musician, and mother of two children, one of whom is a transgender teen, she has attended the Gender Odyssey Family conference and Gender Diversity's Family Support Groups since their inception, and currently serves as a support group facilitator. She is a fierce lover of animals and word/logic puzzles.
Christa Erwin - Program Book Layout (she)
Colleen Ogi - Raffle Coordinator (she)
Dani Sommerville - Accessibility & Housing (he)
Dani is a Queer, Disabled African-American Trans boy. His current activism revolves around the intersections of physical disability and the queer experience as he runs a group for queer physically disabled people on Facebook. His achievements include 2 Spirit of Detroit awards for his volunteerism and being published on the website The Mighty. He is also the head intern at the charity Mi Community, a social engagement organization for Autistic Individuals founded in honor of his late friend. His other hobbies include writing, playing guitar, and bubble tea.
Danielle Hurzitz - Outreach Dynamo (she)
Danielle is a clinical supervisor with D’veal Family and Youth Services (DFYS), a community mental health nonprofit located in Pasadena, CA. Her previous experience includes working and advocating for homeless youth and young adults in Los Angeles, eventually leading her to focus in the mental health field. However, it was being a mother to her fiercely brave, loving, intelligent, creative child that led her to her true passion of supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. She now coordinates the LGBTQIA+ program at DFYS where she trains staff, schools, and community partners to create an affirming space for our gender-expansive youth.
Gil Rich – Teen Program Coordinator (he)
Gil Rich is the Gender Odyssey Teen Program Coordinator and runs the youth groups for the Gender Diversity family support meetings held at Seattle Children's Hospital. Gil has also volunteered with Camp Ten Trees and the WSU-4H Challenge Program and has spent the past 16 years leading leadership and community-building programs that help youth recognize their potential. Gil had the unique opportunity to grow up as a gender-nonconforming kid with an identical twin who was also gender-nonconforming. Growing up different but knowing there is someone else like you in the world provided a foundation of self-confidence and pride that he hopes to pass on to the youth he works with.
Huddle Blakefield - ASL Interpreting Coordinator (she)
Huddle is the administrative assistant to Aidan Key and the parent support coordinator at Gender Diversity. She helps facilitate the parent support groups, sets up school trainings and conducts parent intakes. In her former life, she was a dental assistant working with individuals going through cancer treatment but most recently a stay-at-home mom. She is a fierce mama-bear when it comes to her trans son & and a reticent but committed activist. Her free time is spent quilting, crafting, hanging out with her family & loving on her dogs.
Joshua Riverdale – Web Manager (he)
Joshua is a web developer and marketer with more than 18 years of professional experience. He has been working on the Gender Odyssey websites since 2008. That year also marked the beginning of his gender transition, which he continues to chronicle on his popular blog, Gender Outlaw. Joshua lives in rural British Columbia, Canada.
Kathie Moehlig - (she)
For over 30 years, Kathie Moehlig has been a public speaker, workshop presenter, nonprofit development coordinator, and support group leader. She is a certified life coach, an ordained minister, and a certified parenting instructor. Kathie provides individual and family coaching to lead families to acceptance and support, assists with healthcare and insurance issues, helps families navigate the legal system, and advocates for resources and support at schools for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their families.
Kit Moreland – Kids Camp Fundraising (he)
Kit is thrilled to be helping with Kids Camp again for GO 2018. He has experience leading transgender support groups, workshops, and policy discussions in university settings and is now turning is hand to the younger transgender community. By day, Kit is a cognitive psychologist PhD student.
Kristin Wilson-Key – Offsite Logistics, Parent Services (she)
Kristin is a behind-the-scenes force throughout the Gender Odyssey planning year, having numerous and varied responsibilities. She enjoys working with parents through Gender Diversity's Family Support Groups. Originally from high and dry Colorado, Kristin enjoys temperate Seattle with her husband, Aidan.
Lena Holz – VIP Care, Seattle (she)
Lena has been a nanny in Seattle for 13 years and has a 23-year-old son. She loves kids, animals, the outdoors, playing, and being spontaneous. This is Lena's fifth year volunteering for the conference.
Margaret Taboada – AID Desk Coordinator (she)
Margaret is excited to return to support the Gender Odyssey conference for the 3rd year. She has a trans granddaughter and nephew and supports them as they discover their full potential as individuals. Margaret recently retired from Boeing as a project manager, and is now pursuing her musical talents & skills as a DJ and competitive amateur ballroom dancer.
Marja Sovero - Co-registrar (she)
MG Hennessey - Author/Book Fair Coordinator, LA (she)
MG is the bestselling author of THE OTHER BOY, a book for ages 8 and up about a trans boy’s search for acceptance (Harper Collins, 2016). She’s the organizer of Camp Transcend, a weekend retreat for the families of transgender and gender expansive kids, and a mentor for the Lifeworks program at the LA LGBT Center. She also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the LA County foster care system. MG lives in Hollywood with her family and spends her spare time running errands and binge-watching TV.
Micah – Marketing Strategy, Social Media (they)
A published writer, engaging advocate, and expert educator on transgender identities, Micah's mission is to contribute positively to everyone's experience with gender. The popular site neutrois.me is a balance of thoroughly researched information, easy to understand resources, and the personal chronicles of Micah's transition, a public examination of what it means to live in a world that makes no room for non-binary gender. Micah presents humorously didactic workshops involving cookie metaphors, reluctantly talks to journalists for media interviews, volunteers at schools as a speaker for the SF LGBTQ Speaker's Bureau, and is a closet idealist.
Mitchell Hunter - Navigator Coordinator, Seattle (he)
Monica N. Cham - Spanish Language Specialist/Subsidies Team/Outreach, LA (she)
Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Monica is the mother of Isaac, a transgender youth who was assigned female at birth but began to identify as male at the young age of two. The whole family began the transition when Isaac was twelve years old. Monica, her husband Arturo, and Isaac are the founders of Transforming Family—a support group for families with transgender youth in San Diego, and Monica facilitates the Spanish support group belonging to PFLAG. She is co-president of FDS (International Association of Families for Sexual Diversity).
Nadja Dee Witherbee – Youth/YA Programming Assistant (she)
Nadia Dee is a graduate of the telecommunication and film department at San Diego State University. She has spent 12 years working in the film industry and became a member of the Local 600 Camera Union. She left Burbank to transition in Seattle and has volunteered for Gender Odyssey, Gender Diversity, Camp Ten Trees, and Lambert House and served on the board of directors for Ingersoll Gender Center and Camp Ten Trees. Combining her love of film and the community, Nadja Dee created SOLD: Examining the T in TV Commercials, presented at Gender Odyssey and Translations Film Festival. Currently working with the Youth/YA Program, Nadja Dee brings her love of film and television, art, music, and special-effects film make-up to Gender Odyssey. She resides in the Pacific Northwest and can often be seen playing guitar or ukulele with her husband David and their two furry Yorkie-Poo daughters, Noe and Nico.
Nikki Neuen – Associate Director, Gender Diversity; Subsidies & Discounts Team, Family Outreach (she)
Nikki is associate director of Gender Diversity year-round, working on organizational administration, graphic design, outreach, fundraising, and of course, the Gender Odyssey Conference! She also volunteers at ThreeDollarBill Cinema’s film festivals TWIST and Translations. Otherwise, she is solo-parent to a transgender teen, a mad dabbler in all things arts and crafts, and a sometime-philosopher.
PG - Staging and Logistics Assistant/Web Support (he)
Rosemary Meza – Kids Camp Assistant (she)
Rosemary is back for another year as Kids Camp assistant for the Gender Odyssey conference. She has several years of experience working with children and is very exciting to be part of such an amazing group like Gender Odyssey. She is looking forward to creating a safe, fun, and memorable experience for children at the Gender Odyssey Conference.
Sairam Sreedhara ("Vatsa") – Staging & Logistics (he)
Vatsa is an HR professional who recently relocated from India to Seattle with his husband. He has always been passionate about diversity and equity, including gender, orientation, identity, disability, and intergenerational diversity. He continues to volunteer with organizations that promote social dialogue and change, and provide resources and support to communities, in India and Seattle. He currently works with partners in India to design intervention programs around "Bias in the workplace." He is also on the board of Trikone Northwest, a support group for queer South Asian folk in and around Seattle. He is very grateful and excited to be a part of the planning team again this year.
Sam Miller - Volunteer Coordinator (they)
Sam is a transmasculine/non-binary Seattleite originally from the Midwest. Sam is very excited to take on the volunteer coordinator role this year after shadowing our previous coordinator, Beth, last year. In their spare time, Sam enjoys playing guitar, drinking too much coffee, volunteering with Gender Diversity's tween group, and hanging out with their very sassy dog. Sam is currently in the PharmD program at UW and is particularly passionate about health equity and access.
Sarah Stuhlsatz-Krouper – Co-Registrar (she)
Sarah is working as a co-registrar for her second year. She has three kids that keep her on her toes. When asked if they are boys or girls she likes to answer one of each. She works as a science teacher at an alternative school. This past year she taught kids from the ages of 5-18. In her spare time, she challenges the status quo, smashes the patriarchy and knits.
Shelley Shore – Event Coordinator/Art Exhibit (she)
During the past four Gender Odyssey conferences, Shelley has served as Events Team lead, responsible for hosting the many diverse people who arrive here from origins all over the planet. The Picnic is the Saturday night destination for all those attending the conference and an opportunity to share a meal and engage in heartfelt discussions with these kindred spirits. In facing the challenges of her own personal gender journey, Shelley has continually found herself nourished by family and friends, and has found the safe harbor of Gender Odyssey to be a powerful resource in providing a strategic roadmap for living harmoniously as a Trans person.